Thursday, August 28, 2008

BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA - I have a dream - A força de um sonho, o primeiro passo de uma pelegrinação

BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA - I have a dream
A força de um sonho, o primeiro passo de uma pelegrinação
 
Tudo tem um tempo, a vida, a saúde, o amor, o sucesso e em fim até própria morte, para nós cristãos, um dia vai acabar. Neste momento que escrevo o mundo está a ler uma nova página da história humana, assistiu cair um dos últimos muros erigidos com fins racistas para dividir brancos e negros, afirmando que os últimos são inferiores em todos os campos do saber.

A indicação de Barack Husseim Obama à candidato oficial do Partido Democrático às eleições presidenciais dos Estados Unidos da América a ter lugar em Novembro próximo, representa o fim de uma era, a abertura de uma porta, a indicação de um caminho que, naturalmente outros vão percorrer, mas Obama está a mostrar que podemos lá chegar.

YES WE CAN
A partir de hoje muita coisa vai mudar, já está a mudar e tenho a certeza que os Estados Unidos da América não serão mais o mesmo país que foi até ontem. Assim como a imagem, a consideração, as idéias em relação aos negros não serão mais seguras como sempre foram. A alma negra é complexa, multifacética e não inferior a nenhuma outra. Assim o mix - que é Barack Obama -, que é considerado negro, mostra ao mundo a sua parte melhor, as suas capacidades, os seus sonhos e possibilidades de mudar o mundo.

YES WE CAN
Dos fracos não resa a história, somente com o trabalho, com o impenho, com a decisão podemos realizar os nossos sonhos, podemos transformar o mundo, podemos contruir comunidades mais fortes, com maior senso de partecipação e integração e com objectivos claros por alcançar. Muitos africanos, e angolanos como EU, vêm neste facto uma oportunidade de confronto, uma luz de esperanza para a nossa realidade nacional. Angola Pode Mudar, deve mudar e vai mudar para melhor.

YES WE CAN
Obama é candidato de todos os americanos, sejam brancos, sejam negros, mas a sua indicação oficial se mostra ao mundo a igualdade ds raças, não obstante le não seja negro "doc", mas leva o sangue negro, o sangue africano que por muitos séculos foi disprezado.

Obama fez a sua parte, nós continuaremos a estrada...
Obama plantou, nós regaremos e os nossos filhos vão colher...

YES WE CAN


Angola Xyami

Obama Wins Nomination; Biden and Bill Clinton Rally Party

Obama Wins Nomination; Biden and Bill Clinton Rally Party

Brendan Smialowski for The New York Times

he unanimous vote made Mr. Obama the first African-American to become a major party nominee for president. It brought to an end an often-bitter two-year political struggle for the nomination with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, who, standing on a packed convention floor electric with anticipation, moved to halt the roll call in progress so that the convention could nominate Mr. Obama by acclamation. That it did with a succession of loud roars, followed by a swirl of dancing, embracing, high-fiving and chants of "Yes, we can."

In an effort to fully ease the lingering animosity from the primary season, former President Bill Clinton, in a speech that had been anxiously awaited by Mr. Obama's aides given the uncomfortable relations between the two men, offered an enthusiastic and unstinting endorsement of Mr. Obama's credentials to be president. Mr. Clinton's message, like the messenger, was greeted rapturously in the hall.

"Last night Hillary told us in no uncertain terms that she is going to do everything she can to elect Barack Obama," Mr. Clinton said. "That makes two of us."

Mr. Clinton proceeded to do precisely what Mr. Obama's campaign was looking for him to do: attest to Mr. Obama's readiness to be president, after a campaign largely based on Mrs. Clinton's contention that he was not.

"I say to you: Barack Obama is ready to lead America and restore American leadership in the world," Mr. Clinton said. "Barack Obama is ready to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. Barack Obama is ready to be president of the United States."

Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware, Mr. Obama's choice for vice president, accepted the nomination with a speech in which he spoke frequently, and earnestly, of his blue-collar background, in effect offering himself as a validator for Mr. Obama among some voters who have been reluctant to embrace the Democratic presidential nominee.

He then turned to Senator John McCain, the likely Republican nominee, signaling how he would go after him in the campaign ahead. He referred to Mr. McCain as a friend — "I know you hear that phrase a lot in politics; I mean it," he said — and then proceeded to offer a long and systematic case about why Mr. McCain should not be president.

"The choice in this election is clear," Mr. Biden said. "These times require more than a good soldier. They require a wise leader," he said, a leader who can deliver "the change that everybody knows we need."

His 21-minute address completed, Mr. Biden was joined on stage by his wife, Jill, who told the crowd they were about to be joined by an unscheduled guest. The crowd exploded as Mr. Obama walked around the corner.

"If I'm not mistaken, Hillary Clinton rocked the house last night," he said, gazing up at where Mr. and Mrs. Clinton were watching the proceedings and leading the crowd in applause. "And President Clinton reminded us of what it's like when you have a president who actually puts people first. Thank you."

The historic nature of the moment quickly gave way to the political imperatives confronting Mr. Obama, who arrived here on Wednesday afternoon and is to accept the nomination Thursday night before a crowd of 75,000 people in a football stadium. After days in which the convention often seemed less about Mr. Obama than about the two families that have dominated Democratic politics for nearly a half-century, the Kennedys and the Clintons, he needed to convince voters that he has solutions to their economic anxieties and to rally his party against the reinvigorated candidacy of Mr. McCain.

The roll-call vote took place in the late afternoon Wednesday — the first time in at least 50 years that Democrats have not scheduled their roll call on prime-time television — as Democrats sought to avoid drawing attention to the lingering resentments between Clinton and Obama delegates. Yet the significance of the vote escaped no one, and sent a charge through the Pepsi Center as a procession of state delegations cast their votes and the hall, slightly empty at the beginning of the vote, became shoulder-to-shoulder with Democrats eager to witness this moment.

As planned, it fell to Mrs. Clinton to put Mr. Obama over the top. He was declared the party's nominee at 4:47 p.m. Mountain time after Mrs. Clinton, in a light blue suit standing out in a crowd that included almost every elected New York official, moved that the roll call be suspended and that Mr. Obama be declared the party's nominee by acclamation. The vote was timed to conclude during the network evening news broadcasts.

"With eyes firmly fixed on the future in the spirit of unity, with the goal of victory, with faith in our party and country, let's declare together in one voice, right here and right now, that Barack Obama is our candidate and he will be our president," Mrs. Clinton said.

"I move that Senator Barack Obama of Illinois be selected by this convention by acclamation as the nominee of the Democratic Party for president of the United States," she said.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, standing at the lectern, asked for a second and was greeted by a roar of voices. A louder roar came from the crowd when she asked for support of the motion.

When the voting was cut off, Mr. Obama had received 1,549 votes, compared with 231 for Mrs. Clinton.

The hall pulsed when Mr. Clinton strode onto the stage for a performance that became a reminder of why Democrats had considered him a politician with once-in-a-generation skills — and suggested that for Democrats in this hall at least, Mr. Clinton may have survived a primary in which he was repeatedly criticized for the sharp tone he often used against Mr. Obama. Again and again, Mr. Clinton tried to quiet the crowd. Again and again, they ignored him.

"You all sit down, we have to get on with the show," he said.

Mr. Clinton arguably did a better job than Mrs. Clinton the night before in making the case for Mr. Obama, and pumped up a crowd at a convention that has often seemed listless. He even managed, amid all his praise, to slip in a reference to the reservations he voiced about Mr. Obama back when he was campaigning against him, suggesting that Mr. Biden was just what Mr. Obama needed.

"With Joe Biden's experience and wisdom, supporting Barack Obama's proven understanding, instincts and insight, America will have the national security leadership we need," he said.

And without mentioning Mr. McCain by name, he offered a sharp denunciation of him and the Republicans.

"The Republicans will nominate a good man who served our country heroically and suffered terribly in Vietnam," he said. "He loves our country every bit as much as we all do. As a senator, he has shown his independence on several issues. But on the two great questions of this election, how to rebuild the American Dream and how to restore America's leadership in the world, he still embraces the extreme philosophy which has defined his party for more than 25 years."

"They actually want us to reward them for the last eight years by giving them four more," he said. "Let's send them a message that will echo from the Rockies all across America: Thanks, but no thanks."

For all the good Mr. Clinton might have done for Mr. Obama on Wednesday night it marked the second night in a row that the Clintons had been the face of what was supposed to be Mr. Obama's convention. But when Mr. Obama walked out from backstage at the end of the night — "Hello, Democrats!" — he left little doubt about who was now the face of the Democratic party.

For Mr. Obama, the nomination — seized from Mrs. Clinton, who just one year ago was viewed as the obvious favorite to win the nomination especially against an opponent with a scant political résumé — was a remarkable achievement in what has been a remarkable ascendance. It was less than four years ago that Mr. Obama, coming off of serving seven years as an Illinois state senator, became a member of the United States Senate. He is 47 years old, the son of a white mother from Kansas and a black father from Kenya.

Mr. Obama's nomination came 120 years after Frederick Douglass became the first African-American to have his name entered in nomination at a major party convention. Douglass received one vote at the Republican convention in Chicago in 1888.

Making the moment even more striking was the historical nature of Mrs. Clinton's candidacy. She was the third woman whose name has been entered as a candidate for president at a major party convention. As she moved to end the roll-call vote, some women in the hall could be seen wiping tears from their eyes.

Kitty Bennett, John M. Broder and Janet Elder contributed reporting.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/28/us/politics/28DEMSDAY.html?pagewanted=1

Obama Wins Nomination; Biden and Bill Clinton Rally Party

Obama Wins Nomination; Biden and Bill Clinton Rally Party

A unanimous vote made Senator Barack Obama the first African-American to become a major party nominee for president.

 
God I love the Clintons! And yes I am voting for Barack.

— Harold, California

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Hillary Clinton - Classy fighter who showed much grace under pressure. She had to do something with her speech and actions that male candidates in the past who lost never had to do,or did with any conviction in helping the nominee. The list would include Ted Kennedy who showed much distaste in his insurgent campaign lost to Carter in 1980. Carter lost his re-election bid if you don't recall.

Bill Clinton - NOT a racist as framed by his former fellow blacks, including Obama's team. Great speech in support of that said man.

Barack Obama - Historic win and nomination.

Joe Biden - Never the choice in all his Presidential runs, why the rah,rah, rah now?

DNC - Missed opportunity for an easy win in November.

See you in the future Mrs. Clinton. Good Luck Mr Obama and Mr. Biden.

God Bless America

— Frank, Park Slope, Bklyn, NY

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All I can think is... What?
I hope Obama is as great as some people think; I'm just not convinced that the rock star is quite ready for the realities of the White House.
The times are precarious, more so than a lot of people realize. I just hope this fella can rise to the tasks ahead. The real and very hard tasks. The ones that come up later, after product placing and marketing himself and his cute family.
Being a candidate is very different from being the President. I'm not so sure he's ready.

— missbike, New Orleans

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August 28th, 2008 7:14 am

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After reading through six pages of comments, a few observations:

Clinton's call to suspend the roll call was a neat piece of theatre, but, folks, let us not forget that it was *theatre* and nothing more. A lovely gesture, but a highly scripted one that was announced in the media the day before it happened. Had she done it with a gesture that seemed more impromptu, perhaps it might have made for even a more thrilling and "classy" moment.

Obama's mysterious "ability to hold his breath for six minutes underwater" -- okay, I'll ask: what the hell does that have to do with anything? The only thing I can glean from that is the paranoid suspicion that perhaps on that morning in January when he takes the Oath of Office, he'll do so with his hand on a copy of the Koran, after which he'll levitate above the crowd and float into the White House. It's comments like that that make me seriously question the concept of giving the vote to just anyone who's over 21; perhaps we need some testing involved first?

Yes, it was a huge love-in last night when Obama was nominated. We will see the same thing next week when McCain and the Republicans go through the same motions. But what's going to be interesting to see is how the RNC matches the sense of inclusion that Obama and the Democrats have already shown. The speeches thus far show a vision that seemingly accepts *everyone*, whether white or black or male or female or straight or gay -- while what little we know about the Republican platform has blinders severely stitched in place so as not to even acknowledge the existence of anyone outside their concept of "people like us".

And maybe that's the one thing that we can take heart in: the inescapable fact that the party currently in power led by fear and threat, and we have the opportunity to move on to a party that wants to lead with optimism about the future. Perhaps that itself means the American people are tired of checking to see if the Boogie Man is under the bed... and if so, then there truly is possibility for change in this country.

I'm cautiously optimistic. The Democrats have been a little too scripted in their moments, but at least one can see past those to glean that they do indeed mean change. Now let's see what the Republicans have to offer aside from four more years of the same old BS.

— Sean Martin, North Carolina

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If Obama can't win after what the Clintons did for him yesterday, he deserves to lose. No one has or will make his case for him like Bill Clinton did.

— Catherine, Chicago

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August 28th, 2008 7:14 am

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The media is making far, far too much out of the supposed Clintons' animosity towards Obama.

I just saw their speeches again. They have endoresed him as strongly as he can be endorsed.

The Democrats are pulling in the same direction.

GO BO

— Rex, NJ

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I hope this time America will get it right . The world is watching and waiting for the real message of what America and americans stand for. There´s hope after 8 years of darkness. Mr. Obama, you are the man. The world stands behind you and hope for that light. Bush no more ! McCain not ever !

— alanbar, Vienna,Austria

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President Clinton: Great Speech from a great President!

— Alan, Chicago

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August 28th, 2008 7:14 am

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Bill Clinton's speech is a very powerful statement of what we have now (or don't have) and what we really need.
I am not able to stay up late for these powerful speeches and would like the Times to please present Hillary's and Joe Biden's speeches i the same format. I will try to stay up for Mr. Obama's, but it would be wonderful to access that also more than once.
Thank you

— patrick, Portland ME

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August 28th, 2008 7:14 am

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Hillary demonstrated that she is a leader last night and the night before. I wish her backers could do the same, do it for America, do it for your childrens' future. Do it for 4,000 + soldiers who have paid an awful price to guarantee your right to vote to make America a better place and also your right to express your opinion. I am sorry you feel so badly but we need YOU. Show the same leadership you saw Hillary demonstrate; you CARE about this country, so let's see less talk and more action!

— Carol, Fort Worth, TX

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We know he'll do a great job, because it's the first time in my memory (81 yrs.) that we've had another qualified individual, Democrat or Reublican, waiting in the wings to take over after a president's first term if he doesn't do the job. Never before. In the past, we were just stuck with him, for a 2nd term; couldn't get him out if we paid him to go. We're in a great position now. Competition does wonders to get things done.

— Bill, New Jersey

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Wonderful article. Just goes to show, why I love the NY Times. I have never made a contribution in my lifetime to a political figure, this year was different. I supported Hillary Clinton, but unfortunately it didn't work and because life goes on, I will support Obama. It is truly time to make some changes.

— Carol, Sound Beach, NY

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August 28th, 2008 7:27 am

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It would have been more exciting if the first black nominee actually had a record of accomplishment!

— Robert, Arizona

You mean like the first viable woman's list of accomplishments?
married the man who became president and with his help in arranging pardons, and the pity engendered by his unfaithfulness got her elected to the senate. She then through a series of lies and appropriating her husband's experience as her own she padded her lackluster resume and dared to run for the presidency; She has broken no new ground; nepotism is hardly a new concept.

— jdg, ma

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I found the comments of the democrats to be filled with too many contradictions. First on job loose and outsourcing - Just to make all the democrats aware and informative that who so ever contributed to Barak Obama and got the thank you notes for these, got it from someone in Delhi India, who actually processed those thank you notes. So i think they find its okay to outsource activities as long as its cost effective to them...but not to others....as far as family values and integrity is concerned we don't have to go to far....Bill Clinton and true to heart democrat John Edwards has proofed how much they value family and integrity - who when cornered vehemently denied and lied to the country and its people. So going by records i don't think the democrats have got any right to speak on Outsourcing and Family Values.

Also the democrats are making another grave mistake that is trying to follow the line of appeasement. When you deal with the devil their can be no middle ground. If you are dealing with people whose aim is to destroy America - then there can be no middle ground - there can be only one alternative you destroy the destroyer or get destroyed but there can be no middle ground. The democrats wants to deal with the devil - back when Clinton was the president there was an opportunity to destroy Bin Laden, which the president miserably failed to capitalize and the problems of which the George Bush has to deal with. The democrats created a mess and America is still cleaning it. Barak Obama will do one thing that is help portray America as an nation which is weak, leaderless, and always ready to pay - whether its for AIDS, TB, Global Warming, Food and shelter, financial crunch, or paying to terrorists etc etc as if America is responsible for all this and in the end turn the nation into a nation of charitable trust fund – but then the democrats have to tell the country who is going to provide the fund for the TRUST.

— Jediath, world

 

Obama Wins Nomination; Biden and Bill Clinton Rally Party

Obama Wins Nomination; Biden and Bill Clinton Rally Party

A unanimous vote made Senator Barack Obama the first African-American to become a major party nominee for president.

 
As an African-American, as a Democrat and as an American who simply believes in it's ideals, this is, without doubt, the best feeling in the world.....I cannot express it in words.....wow......simply historic and I am glad to be on the planet as this occurred....

— Lorraine, Brooklyn

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August 27th, 2008 8:07 pm

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Hillary Clinton may have NOW redeemed herself with her CLASS act of moving for nomination of Barack Obama by acclamation! OsiSpeaks.com

— KYJurisDoctor, KY

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August 27th, 2008 8:07 pm

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GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!

— Annette Blake, San Diego, CA.

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August 27th, 2008 8:07 pm

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It happened! Never thought it would during my lifetime! Congratulations to the first minority as the nominee of a major political party. BARACK OBAMA!!! This day will go down in American history. Whether Obama wins the election or not, he has already assured his place in our country's heart forever.

— Roger Cotton, Burlington, VT

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August 27th, 2008 8:07 pm

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What's with doing this when the rest of the country is commuting home? The regular working people that this thing is supposedly all about might want to be able to see history made live, rather than just the insiders or people who can take a day off to watch politics on TV. To prioritize speeches in prime time over the actual point of the convention -- nominating the first African-American as presidential nominee of a principle party -- is just inane beyond comprehension.

— Michael Drew, New York City

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August 27th, 2008 8:07 pm

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Can everybody now focus on how Obama will take charge of winning the election and stopped blaming Hillary (for everything, real and imagined) while expecting her to do all the work for him?

If he can't win on his own power he shouldn't have been nominated. So let's give Hillary a break for once...

That would be good.

— jh, nyc

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August 27th, 2008 8:07 pm

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I am an American. I have resided in Australia for over thirty years. I will be voting for the first time in the presidential election since I left the US. The US desparately needs change. It breaks my hear to see what we have become. It makes my heart soar to see what we can be.

— Alph Williams, Australia

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August 27th, 2008 8:07 pm

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A big step in an Improbable Journey.

At 4:49 pm Mountain and 6:49 Eastern Barack Obama became the Presidential Nominee of the Democratic Party. An awesome step for the party of Jefferson and the candidate from the state of Lincoln. This mountain top experience could only have happen in the mile high city, Denver, Colorado nestled along the majestic Rockies.

Well done!

NewsJReview

— Jay Suber, Atlanta

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August 27th, 2008 8:07 pm

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It's official.

Senator Hillary Clinton has done everything any man in her position could to graciously step aside. Now, after Obama loses in November, the Clinton bashing by the sore loser Obama supporters will ring just as hollow as the Clinton holdouts who say they want to vote for Mccain.

At last, Obama has to prove his worth and electability and the schoolgirl crush the NY Times, CNN, MSNBC and the rest of the mainstream media has on Barack falls away as Obama has to make his case to Main Street voters across the nation.

Truly a historic day with a capital "his"...but what history will actually remember is how the mainstream media misogyny ended the campaign of the Democrat best equipped to be the next President.

— Don Edmond, Cambridge, MA

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August 27th, 2008 8:07 pm

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Absolutely Fabulous. Senator Clinton, you did the RIGHT thing. As a woman that voted for the first time when I was 19 for your husband in 1991 (both terms) and for you both terms for Senator, you put the COUNTRY FIRST. Thank you!

— Deborah, Jamaica, New York

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The Manchurian candidacy of Barack Hussein Obama continues apace...

Who is this man? His mysterious, exotic origins, shrouded in a veil of silence. The unaccounted for years in his early twenties, when he began his "Journey to the Self". His extraordinary discipline - he can hold his breath underwater for six minutes at a time and drop his heart rate below thirty at will. The prophet Sinatra foretold his remarkable ascendancy in 1959, but even now, those rhetorical flourishes of "change" and "hope" - nebulous tonics in a troubled time - continue to dupe an entire party.

The question remains - when and where will he be activated?

— Truth teller, NY

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August 27th, 2008 8:07 pm

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What a lady! What an American! You tell me who is fit for the presidency!!

— hm, expertrn@comcast.net

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August 27th, 2008 8:07 pm

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So long, Hillary. Our hearts are broken. You have acted in a magnificent way and we are all very proud of you. But our dream of electing the first woman president of this country will never die because of you.Someday soon and we all hope in our lifetime, that ceiling will be shattered to smithereens. Progress takes time and hardwork and you have shown us how it is done.

The DNC does not deserve you.

We thank you, Hillary !

— Leticia P.Carlos, California

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August 27th, 2008 8:07 pm

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I am appalled and shocked at the gall of Clinton to move to suspend the rollcall vote and the obvious DNC manipulations behind this atrocious move. I am no longer a democrat!

— gazzarillo, cal

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I think both her speech last night and her actions today were very nicely done.

— Bob, Sunnyvale

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August 27th, 2008 8:07 pm

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The nomination of Obama is a great historic moment in our history, unfortunately imposed upon by the misplaced Clinton ego's.

Too much time has been wasted on appeasing Hillary and Bill. It is hard to tell who the honored candidate is.

— Fred, New York City

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August 27th, 2008 8:07 pm

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Hillary Clinton is a person. I am proud to be an American!! Now, take that , you "flag waving"., "God_fearing hypocrites"!! Maybe, we have a chance to be freed from your "Angel of Light" mentality!!

— JAMES B., MOUNT VERNON,NY

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Great news for the Democratic Party and for the United States. A great finish to the superb speech that Hillary gave at the convention. Well done!

— Andre Sauvageot, Reston, Virginia

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August 27th, 2008 8:07 pm

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Barack Obama got the nomination, but yesterday and today Hillary Clinton was the star.

What's next for her?

— MsLadyLib, Metuchen, New Jersey

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August 27th, 2008 8:07 pm

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Lets please call Obama's race by what it actually is Bi-Racial thats what it is and it is ok.

— David g, Houston

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August 27th, 2008 8:17 pm

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What are all the women Clinton backer's going to do when there is nobody around to listen to them cry about poor Hillary? Some people are poor losers and this group of Hillary supporters are among the worst. Don't they understand that voters are darn tired of the Clinton antic's that they have pulled on the American people? Don't they realize that the Clinton time has gone? Hillary needs to watch Billy Clinton so that he doesn't get in to more trouble than he already has.

— Michael Keller, Spokane, WA

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August 27th, 2008 8:17 pm

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If your focus is the two, political parties then I suppose this is an occasion for celebration.

But for some of us, this is a triumph of sexism in the main stream media, and cult-of-personality politics.

With 43 voters backed "a real guy. I could have a beer with him," despite his lack of qualifications or substance, and now with the probable 44 we have "he's cool. it's time for a new generation," despite his lack of accomplishments or substance.

At least this is a liberal, hollow suit instead of a conservative, hollow suit.

Is that really enough of an improvement to be happy about?

— JimF, Los Altos, CA

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August 27th, 2008 8:17 pm

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Hillary.... she is too good to be true. Never will I cast my vote for BO

— Richard Streiff, California

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August 27th, 2008 8:17 pm

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I just watched the roll call andI am furious.What happend to the Democratic Party? Delegates from the states Clinton won decided to cast their votes to Obama ignoring the wishes of the people whom they are representing.My vote is negated and I have become invisible.

— CJ, Houston

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August 27th, 2008 8:17 pm

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The sight of the entire Convention joining hands, singing, and dancing to "Love Train" was beautiful and thrilling! I hope this puts an end to questions of whether or not the party can unite, and shows the Nation that this Party is read to LEAD!

— Eileen, Los Angeles, CA

 

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Democratic National Convention (DNC) Podium Schedule - Day 1, Aug. 25, 2008

Democratic National Convention Podium Schedule
Monday, August 25, 2008 - ONE NATION

Time Shown as local - Denver, Colorado MST

3:00 PM - 7:00 PM (LOCAL)

Call to Order
The Honorable Howard Dean
Chair, Democratic National Committee
Former Governor of Vermont

Invocation
The Honorable Polly Baca - Greeley, Colorado
Former Colorado State Senator
President & CEO Latin American Research & Service Agency

Presentation of Colors
Navajo Code Talkers Association
Keith Little, Frank Willeto, Bill Toledo, Jimmy Begay

Pledge of Allegiance
Angela Morgan -Alexandria, Virginia
Served 9 years in the Marines and now runs a leadership development small business

National Anthem
Colorado Children's Chorale
Group over 30-years old - Tad Koriath (piano)
Local children (7-14) performing throughout US & the world (China, Asia, Europe, etc.)

Welcome
Reverend Leah D. Daughtry
Convention CEO & Chief of Staff, Democratic National Committee

Video - "Welcome to the West"

Introduction of and Report by the Credentials Committee
The Honorable Howard Dean
Chair, Democratic National Committee
Eliseo Roques-Arroyo
Co-Chair Credentials Committee
Former Executive Director, Democratic Party of Puerto Rico
James Roosevelt, Jr.
Co-Chair Credentials Committee
Pres. & CEO Tuffs Health Plan (HMO) and grandson of FDR
The Honorable Alexis Herman
Co Chair Credentials Committee
Former US Secretary of Labor

Introduction of and Report by the Rules Committee
The Honorable Howard Dean
Chair, Democratic National Committee
Sunita Leeds
Co-Chair Rules Committee
Chair of the DNC Indo-American Leadership Council
The Honorable Mary Rose Oakar
Co-Chair Rules Committee
Former Member of the US Congress, Ohio,
President of the American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee
The Honorable David Walters
Co-Chair Rules Committee
Former Governor of Oklahoma
President of Walters Power International

Video - Changing the Course of Our Nation
Featuring Ashley Baia -Native of Pennsylvania and an Obama field organizer mentioned in Obama's Philadelphia speech. Know as the "sandwich girl" who, at age 9, convinced her mother she liked mustard & relish sandwiches to save money while her mother was fighting cancer. She is now twenty-three.

Introduction of Convention Co-Chairs
The Honorable Howard Dean
Chair, Democratic National Committee
The Honorable Shirley Franklin
Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia
The Honorable Leticia Van de Putte
State Senator, Texas District 26
The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius
Governor of Kansas
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the US House of Representatives
Member of the US House of Representatives, California
Permanent Chair of the 2008 Democratic National Convention

Turning Over the Gavel
The Honorable Howard Dean, temporary Chair of the Convention turns over the gavel to
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Permanent Chair of the 2008 Democratic Convention.

Remarks
The Honorable Doris Matsui, Parliamentarian
Member of the US House of Representatives, California

Andrew Tobias, Treasurer
Democratic Party Treasurer

Remarks by the Secretary and the Electronic Roll Call of Attendance
Alice Travis Germond - West Virginia
Secretary, Democratic Party
Member of the Democratic National Committee

Remarks - Presentation of Platform
The Honorable Patricia Madrid
Co-Chair Platform Committee
Attorney General of New Mexico

Judith McHale
Co-Chair Platform Committee
Business Executive (former President, Discovery Communications; Board of DigitalGlobal)

Remarks
The Honorable John Hickenlooper
Mayor of Denver, Colorado

Congressional Hispanic Caucus
The Honorable Joe Baca
Member of the US House of Representatives, California

The Honorable Grace Napolitano
Member of the US House of Representatives, California

The Honorable Silvestre Reyes
Member of the US House of Representatives, Texas

Remarks
Nancy Keenan
President, NARAL - Pro-Choice America

The Honorable Emil Jones, Jr.
State Senator, Illinois
Amanda Kubik
Young Delegate - North Dakota

Ret. Rear Admiral John Hutson,
Pres. Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord - lifetime Republican

Reg Weaver
President, National Education Association

The Honorable Manuel Diaz
Mayor of Miami, Florida

Video - Changing the Course of Our Nation
Featuring Gabrielle Grossman
New Hampshire Obama Supporter "U2 mamma for Obama"

Remarks
The Honorable Lisa Madigan
Attorney General, Illinois

The Honorable Dan Hynes
Comptroller, Illinois

The Honorable Alexi Giannoulis
State Treasurer, Illinois

Randi Weingarten
American Federation of Teachers

The Honorable Amy Klobuchar
US Senator, Minnesota

Musical Performance
John Legend (vocals & piano) and accompanied by:
Agape Choir - International Spiritual Center, Culver City, CA
Trans-denominational Spiritual Community founded by Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith

Video/Remarks
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the US House of Representatives
Permanent Chair, Democratic National Convention

Video - First Time Delegates: Renewing America's Promise

America's Town Hall - Economy
Moderator: Senator Sherrod Brown - Ohio,
Panelists: Ned Helms, Lisa Olivares, Dr. Laura Tyson, Jon Schnur

Remarks
Margie Perez
New Orleans jazz singer & song writer from Musicians Village

President Jimmy Carter Segment
Jimmy Carter/New Orleans Video
Acknowledgment of President Carter

Remarks
Maya Soetoro-Ng
Half-sister of Barack Obama
High School teacher - Hawaii

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Remarks
The Honorable Jesse Jackson, Jr.
Member of the US House of Representatives, Illinois

Mike Fisher & Cheryl Fisher - Beech Grove, Indiana
Mike - Amtrak tech & Cheryl - hospital tech (hosted Obama for lunch)

Tom Balanoff
President, SEIU Local 1 (Chicago)

Senator Edward M. Kennedy Tribute
Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg
Daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy

Video - Edward M. Kennedy Video

Remarks
The Honorable Miguel Del Valle
City Clerk of Chicago, Illinois

Candi Schmieder
Delegate Chair, Iowa County Convention

Jerry Kellman
Hired & supervised Obama at Developing Communities Project - Chicago, Illinois

Introduction of Jim Leach by
The Honorable Tom Harkin
US Senator, Iowa

The Honorable Jim Leach
Former Republican Member of the US House of Representatives, 1st District, Iowa

Introduction of Claire McCaskill by
Austin Esposito
Son of Senator McCaskill

The Honorable Claire McCaskill
US Senator, Missouri

Video - Michelle Obama Package

Introduction to the Michelle Obama Package
Craig Robinson
Older brother of Michelle Obama

Remarks
Michelle Obama
Wife of Presidential Candidate Barack Obama

Benediction
Don Miller -Portland, Oregon
Best-selling author & public speaker focusing on Christian spirituality

Recess
The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius
Governor of Kansas

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